Category Archives: Tim Hecker

Into Trouble

Featuring : Tim Hecker

So it’s been fours weeks.  Sorry about that.

Here we are.  Britain teeters ever nearer ruin, the date of our reckoning pushed slightly out of reach each time we’re about to surrender.  Like some bitter torture it hovers on the horizon, extracting the maximum pain from the anticipation.  

We have been furiously stockpiling mp3s against the threat of Apple Music being rationed; Spotify, stopped at the border.  And it’s with that Plucky British Spirt™ that we share one of our horde with you today.  

Tim Hecker’s Konoyo came out last year.  A collaboration (or deconstruction) between Hecker and an ensemble of Japanese musicians.  Like his sublime Love Streams, the beauty is in the decay, the noise, the gauze erected in front of anything resembling clarity.

Is a Rose Petal of the Dying Crimson Light is perhaps the ‘cleanest’ track on the album.  But while its source material shines through most clearly, it’s still the submerged, reverb heavy melodies that dominate.  Like gigantic dark shapes circling you in murky waters.  Their benign forms could yet crush you through indifference.  

Some digital noise cracks through these waters, briefly snapping you back into some sort of waking world.  But these don’t last long.  Instead you drift with wind instruments guiding you further and further down, away from any light that could help define their shapes.  Further and further, an endless fade down into silence.

Konoyo came out on Kranky and you can happily still get copies direct from Mr Hecker’s website here.

The Spiritual and the Bass

Featuring : Tim Hecker

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There is music to escape with, to be carried aloft into a crystalline world, high above the petty defeats and insignificant malice of life.  There is music to wallow in, for My Pain and Sadness Is More Sad and Painful Than Yours.  Occasionally, there is music that stands in the centre of the world, a diamond, reflecting back the intricacies of life in a beautiful endless parade of shape and sound.  That is where we are today.

Holly Herndon does this music wonderfully, sampling the very air and filtering it back through the static of our cybernetic lives.  The vital and the organic, sparing endlessly with the ordered and processed.  Both sides locked in a symbiotic embrace.

As does Tim Hecker.

Castrati Stack is the soundtrack to Under the Skin, if Under the Skin was a Koyaanisqatsi-esque journey through a decaying, digital world.  A duet between the spiritual and the bass.  A bass not yet locked in — distorted and skittish…hunting.  While the static and the noise dance around choral voices.  Brute and artificial next to the protestations of the choir.

Briefly, the bass settles underneath the choir — the vast fist to the voices’ soul — and the world gains shape and resembles the form of our own.  Before being cleansed by the chaos of the snare.

Tim Hecker – Castrati Stack

Castrati Stack is taken Tim Hecker’s astonishing, beautiful album, Love Streams.  It’s out on 4AD on April 8th.

Flutter and Rasp

Featuring : Bristophe + Tim Hecker

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(photography by keithj5000)

This is classical music the way we like it. As the baleful mating calls of fathoms-deep brass whales. As the flutter and rasp of moth wings beating against the moon.

Bristophe – Anrufung

“On these recordings, we play the cello, the double bass, the trombone, the e-flat tuba, the church organ, the piano, the harpsichord, the clavichord, and the alphorn; we also use our voices, electronics, numerous birdcalls, some random toys and percussion, and a few other instruments.”

Bristophe are the musical partnership of Brice Catherin and Christophe Schweizer. Anrufung is a sliver from their remarkable most recent improvised live collection. It doesn’t make much sense in isolation, but then neither do we.

You need to let the full two discs’ worth of material seep into you – this strange conversation between two men mediated by reeds, bells, strings, and hammers – and live with it until it turns into words, pictures and a language your brain understands too.

Download Bristophe’s improvised live album die ersten zwei kirchen for free from from Pan Y Rosas

Bonus track from 2013!

Tim Hecker – Prism